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County of Kern
Parks and Recreation
Kern River Campground
  Special Events/Closures
  Location/Directions
  Activities and Amenities
  Daily Fees and Related Information
  Warnings/Regulations/Restrictions
Campsite by Kern River
Campsite by Kern River
Special Events/Closures:
  • The road construction scheduled for December 17th-18th at Kern River Campground has been canceled. The camp ground is open until further notice.
Location/Directions/Maps:
  • General Location: The Lake Ming Road exit off the Alfred Harrell Highway leads down to the lake. There is a sign at the West Beach which marks the half mile road to the campground overlooking the Kern River. This retreat is only 10 miles from Bakersfield.
  • Directions  (opens new window)
  • Campground/Campsite Map  (PDF - opens new window)
Activities and Amenities:
  • 28 landscaped acres
  • Two sections: 25 campsites each; maximum of 8 people per site
  • Picnic tables and fire rings
  • Restrooms and showers
  • Drinking water spigots; trash barrels throughout the campground
  • Sewage dump site on the road near the campground exit
  • Nearby attractions: Lake Ming, California Living Museum, Hart Park
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Daily Fees and Related Information:
Additional camping notes:
  • First come, first served
  • Fees are non-refundable and must be paid in advance.
  • You may not camp for more than 10 consecutive days, or for more than 10 days in any 31 days
  • Check-out time is 4:00 pm.
  • Quiet hours will be enforced from 10:00 pm - 7:00 am.
  • Permits must be posted at campsites. During the off-season (October 16 - March 14), campers may take an unoccupied site and pay when park attendant arrives.
  • Be sure to arrive early if camping on holidays or weekends.
  • The two sections of the campground receive irrigation in alternate 7 day cycles; therefore it may be necessary to reassign some campers to another campsite.
  • Since park personnel may be working on the grounds as an ongoing part of their duties at the same time campers are present, cooperation is necessary for the sake of the overall camp maintenance schedule.
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Warnings/Regulations/Restrictions:
  • The Kern River's currents sweep both adults and children to their deaths every year. Children even momentarily unattended are at great risk.
  • The discharge of all weapons or firearms, including bows and arrows, spears, BB guns, pellet guns and sling shots, is prohibited.
  • Depositing trash in waste receptacles and cleaning off tables properly will preserve public health as well as the natural beauty of the campground.
  • All pets must stay on a leash for the sake of other campers and wildlife. Horses may not enter the campground.
  • All fires must be lit only in the designated fireplaces. Campers must bring their own fuel because no cutting or use of campground vegetation is permitted.
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